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Veterans Affairs, one year in

By George Zimmerman      

Watchful veterans will not become complacent or satiated with platitudes, fancy meetings, or photo opportunities. Hehr must realize Canadians are watching. We understand it takes time, but after 11 painful years, be it known that he must not wait too much longer. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Despite the snail-like pace of change, there is evidence from a number of diverse, interested, and influential quarters that suggest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at last year's Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa, is making good, albeit only gradually, on his campaign promises to veterans. Guided by a public mandate letter, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr claims he has addressed four of the 15 objectives required by the prime minister. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

OTTAWA—The transition from military and naval life is a challenge even for those who have no conditions requiring ongoing support. The interdependency across serving members, basic training with psychological conditioning, combined with years of service—sometimes in dangerous situations—have a profound lasting impact. Leaving the military’s all-encompassing support network, necessary to perform one’s duties, has difficulties. Mitigation is a responsibility of a modern democracy determined to retain an “A team” capable standing military. As we learned a century ago, the cost of maintaining a fit professional standing military includes assurance that all casualties will be well managed: one veteran, one standard.

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Wexit ‘absolutely a real thing’ and reaching ‘boiling point’; Parliamentarians need to ‘look for bold and innovative solutions,’ say Conservative MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
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‘If we’re going to sit there and be slinging mud, it’s going to be a long three years,’ says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
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Senate groups scramble for members ahead of committee selection, ex-member calls out ISG ‘group-think’

The Senate leaders will negotiate how to split committee seats and chairs between four Senate groups in the new Parliament, and numbers will matter.

‘Ordered populists’ concentrated among Conservative Party supporters, says pollster Graves

News|By Neil Moss
An authoritarian reflex has yet to make itself felt in Canada as it has south of the border and in Europe.

May calls on Trudeau to attend Madrid climate summit, increase targets

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Greens' Elizabeth May says her three-member caucus isn’t prepared to back any confidence motions unless Canada adjusts its climate targets.

Election 2019: where parties posted their worst 25 results

The Conservatives and NDP had their poorest returns in Quebec, the Liberals had biggest losses in Alberta, and the Green Party shared their lowest count between Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

NDP ready ‘any time’ for election if party goals not met, Singh says

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know that the government is going to need our support at some level if they want to pass bills,' he said. 'That’s not going to come for free.'

Updated: Senator Diane Bellemare joins Independent Senators Group after leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

Implementation of new NAFTA will be ‘important priority’ for Liberal government as U.S. negotiations progress

News|By Neil Moss
The U.S. chair of the House Agricultural Committee says he thinks the USMCA will be brought to the floor for a vote by the end of year.
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